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Are you anywhere near Lexington, KY on May 10th 2014? If so, check out the Ephemera Fest, where independent publishers and artists gather at the Carnegie Center. Celebrating its second year in Lexington, Kentucky, the Ephemera Fest is an educational and inspirational one-day event showcasing zines (self-published magazines), comics, and paper arts including prints, greeting cards, and other handmade items.
The event is free, open to the public, and all-ages. It will feature dozens of tables with works on display and for sale, as well as workshops, classes, film screenings and literature readings. There will also be a raffle and an interactive photo booth by Shooting Frenzy.
Co-organizer Cheyenne Hohman said, “I have always been passionate about writing and publishing zines (pronounced “zeens”), and we are excited to bring in another group of local and regional creators. We expect a significant increase in attendance this year, since the event is happening alongside May Fest.”
Hohman, along with a team of volunteers, co-organized Lexington’s first Ephemera Fest at Smiley Pete Publishing on June 1, 2013. It included 30 presenters from Kentucky, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois, and more than 200 attendees over the course of the day.
Ephemera Fest 2014 will take place from 11am-5pm in the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning at 251 West Second Street. Table registration is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Proposals for workshops, readings, and other events are being considered through March 31. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are also available.
For more info and registration, see ephemerafest.wordpress.com or contact ephemerafestival(at)gmail(dot)com.
Gregory Benton’s book B+F was awarded the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art’s inaugural Award of Excellence at MoCCAFest 2013. An expanded version of B+F was published in the autumn of 2013 through AdHouse Books (USA) and Editions ça et la (France).
B+F is a wordless meditation on goodwill, hostility, and isolation. It’s a fable, a meandering tale of two friends that explores an otherworldly forest with a naked woman “F” and a large yellow dog “B” as they encounter its denizens, both benevolent and malicious. The characters are pulled apart by circumstance and the obstacles that they must overcome to find each other again.
Gregory has embarked on a nation-wide tour in support of B+F. He is excited to add Quimby’s of Chicago to the list of stores he is visiting. He’ll be “dedicating” books to customers, meaning that he’ll spend time with each customer drawing in their books, more common in the European comics festival tradition.
Gregory Benton has been making comix since 1993. He cut his teeth on the political anthology World War 3, moving on to writing and drawing stories for Nickelodoeon, Vertigo, DC Comics, Disney Adventures, Watson-Guptil, Entertainment Weekly, as well as contributing to numerous alternate-press comix anthologies. A graphic novel, Hummingbird, was published by Slave Labor Graphics in 1996. Gregory has also produced numerous limited-edition mini-comix. Hopefully you have some. His illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, The Village Voice and Fortune, among others.
64 4C pages
10 ” x 15 ” HC
$24.95 US funds
For more info: gregorybenton.com
(author photo credit to Seth Kushner)
Saturday, March 22nd, 7pm
Thanks to everybody that came out to the Trauma Zine release event tonight! And why yes! We are on Instagram!
East Village Inky #54 by Ayun Halliday $3.00
Ben Matlock Review #1 Win 14 The Premier Matlock Fanzine (Failure of the Free Press) $4.00 – Silly!
Moire #2 Other Formats by various $10.00 – Sonnenzimmer and friends!
Live Punk #1 Five Shades of Pop Punk by Jonas $3.00
Sound of One Hand Flapping by AA Lam $1.00
Butch Nor Femme #8 by Lynne Monsoon $1.50
Caveat #1 by Aumaine Gruich & Elizabeth Martin $5.00
Woodwasp #1 by various $3.00
Comics & Comix
Windowpane #2 by Joe Kessler (Breakdown Press) $20.00
Man I Hate Zits Classics by M. Poland $5.00
Fred The Mustard Packet, Forty Eight Flavorful Moments, Condimented Cartoons by Tommy Cannnon $2.00
Big Z a 24Hr Comic by Rick Larsen $2.00
Graphic Novels & Trade Paperbacks
Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag by AK Summers (Soft Skull) $17.95
Perfect Nonsense HC the Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games by George Carlson (Fantagraphics) $49.99
On Loving Women by DIane Obomsawin (D&Q) $16.95
Bacon is a Vegetable Coffee Is A Vitamin Diesel Sweeties vol 2 by R. Stevens $19.99
Art & Design
Signal 03 A Journal of International Political Graphics and Culture by Alec Dunn and Josh MacPhee (PM Press) $14.95
Lost Chicago by John Paulett and Judy Floodstrand $18.95
Isolated Building Studies by David Schalliol $20.00
Box Girl: My Part Time Job as an Art Installation by L. Snellings $15.95
Bedrock Faith a Novel by Eric Charles May (Akashic) $16.95
Mafia Court Corruption in Chicago by Dr. John Russell Hughes (Trine Day) $19.95
TransEvolution: The Coming Age of Human Deconstruction by D. Estulin (Trine Day) $24.95
I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp: An Autobiography by Richard Hell $14.99 – Now in soft cover.
Lucky Peach #10 Street Food Win 14 $12.00
Monsters and Dust #4 Pink Punk by Aay Preston Myint and Joe Proulx $25.00
Kinfolk vol 11 Discovering New Things to Cook Make and Do $18.00
Mojo #243 Feb 14 $9.99
Wire Feb 14 #360 $11.25 – Yes! The interview with Jandek is here! Come and get it!
Harpers Magazine Mar 14 $6.99
AdBusters Mar Apr 14 $12.95
Hip Lit & Chap Books
Best of McSweeneys Internet Tendency ed. by C. Monks and J. Warner $20.00
Literary Review vol 56 #4 Late Fall 13 Artificial Intelligence $8.00
O Pioneers Hot In Nebrska by Ian Hubert $4.00
Mail Man by Michael Paul Lopez $3.00
Politics & Revolution
Stop Thief: The Commons Enclosures and Resistance by P. Linebaugh (PM Press) $21.95
We are living in a golden age of cartoon art. Never before has graphic storytelling been so prominent or garnered such respect: critics and readers alike agree that contemporary cartoonists are creating some of the most innovative and exciting work in all the arts.
For nearly a decade Hillary L. Chute has been sitting down for extensive interviews with the leading figures in comics, and with Outside the Box: Interviews With Contemporary Cartoonists (University of Chicago | 272 pages | 39 color plates, 31 halftones | 7 x 10) she offers readers a chance to share her ringside seat. Chute’s in-depth discussions with twelve of the most accomplished artists and writers in comics today reveal a creative community that is richly interconnected yet fiercely independent, its members sharing many interests while working with wildly different styles and themes. Chute’s subjects run the gamut of contemporary comics practice, from those of underground pioneers like Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry, to the analytic work of Scott McCloud, the journalism of Joe Sacco, and the extended narratives of Alison Bechdel and Charles Burns. They reflect on their experience and innovations, the influence of peers and mentors, the reception of their art and the growth of critical attention, and the crucial place of print amid the encroachment of the digital age.
“This is a book of great interviews with great cartoonists. The interviews are great because Hillary Chute is great. She knows how cartooning works and she intimately knows the work of the artists she’s interviewing. The interviews are smart, insightful, and very readable. This isn’t dry stuff nor is it fluffy. It’s the real stuff. Anyone interested in the minds of today’s cartooning masters will want to read it.” –Seth, author of Palookaville
Hillary L. Chute is the Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago and the author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics.
For more info:
Levi Stahl, promotions director, University of Chicago Press; lstahl(at)press(dot)uchicago.edu or 773 702 0289.
Sat, Apr 19th, 7pm – Free Event